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We invite you to share your story to help raise awareness. If you have been or are being treated for cancer at Duke or if you are a caregiver, we'd like to know how cancer care, research or clinical trials at Duke has affected your life. Are you a donor? If so, please consider sharing you story. Tell us why you choose to team up with Duke Cancer Institute. For more information or to share your story, please contact Sara Wajda, Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Champion For The Disadvantaged & The Elimination Of Cancer

As a boy growing up in Schenectady, New York, Steven Patierno, PhD, could often be found out in the woods performing surgery on frogs, when he wasn’t playing sandlot soccer or a local, slightly more “aggressive” version of capture the flag. “I always knew I wanted to be a scientist, even before I...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Virginia Woman Speaks Out

Leigh Zagorski, 32, was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating high school, she entered the restaurant industry, starting out at 18 years old as a server and working her way up the ranks to management. While the money was good, benefits were most often nonexistent or cost...

#MyDukeCancerStory: When Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, It Was Sink Or Swim For Military Vet

When Robert “Bob” List, 73, a retired colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps, was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer in June 2006, he immediately began to research the “enemy” threatening to take his life. For more than 26 years List’s sole focus was to lead his men in tactical planning. No less...

#MyDukeCancerStory: One-Two Punch 

There wasn’t much that could slow down Keith Nguyen, a Merck pharmaceutical employee who often traveled for business and described himself as being “in perfect health.” But when he had a heart attack last year, at age 50, it was if life had dealt him a sucker punch. When several months later he...

Fall 2018 Breakthroughs Message From The Director

At Duke Cancer Institute, inspired by the bravery of our patients, we don’t shrink from even the most daunting challenges. We tackle them head-on.

Stopping A Stealth Disease

Survivors, family members, and researchers have been working together for more than a decade to detect ovarian cancer earlier and educate women about its signs.

Emerging Options For Gynecologic Cancers

Women with gynecological cancer have more treatment options than ever. Currently, Duke has 15 clinical trials open for women with gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, endometrial, or cervical cancer.

In The Genes

You learn you have a genetic history of cancer. Now what? Noah Kauff, MD, is at the forefront of answering that question, especially for women's cancers.

Gauging Risk

Led by breast surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, Duke’s Breast Risk Assessment Clinic helps women learn about their individual likelihood for developing the disease.

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